The Great Escape

Grounded in a near-century-old legacy, this is a whole new escape from the commonplace. (Re)built by the Idaho Aviation Foundation to be a beautiful, nonprofit public resource in the great outdoors, Big Creek Lodge opens up an off-the-grid backcountry experience unlike anything else out there. Make your getaway.


Wildest dreams.

An ideal wilderness hideaway—beautifully constructed with wood floors, large wrap-around windows, and eight bunk beds—the Kif Brown Yurt at Big Creek opens up a more independent approach to outdoor adventures here.

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Paradise, found.

Big Creek Lodge recently rose again in the breathtaking backcountry of Idaho after a devastating fire. Both old school and all new, it combines the charm of a classic mountain retreat with the appeal of modern amenities.

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

– Edward Abbey
fishing at Big Creek Lodge

The Activities

This is where wanderlust takes off. Full of transporting possibilities, set out on a big adventure right outside your door. And take a walk (or ride) on the wild side.
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The Area

Big Creek lies on the lip of a vast 2.4 million acres of untamed land called the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. By and large, it's pretty epic out here.
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Big Creek National Forest Service sign
Big Creek Lodge food

The Menu

It's not only a feast for the eyes up here. It's actually quite a feast. Focused on healthy, filling cuisine to fit backcountry tastes, our menu changes often depending on what's in season and inspiring us.
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The History

The original Big Creek Hotel attracted generations to this outdoor wonderland. Until a fire burned this piece of Idaho history to the ground. Many thought this unforgettable destination was lost to the past. Until we gave it a new future.
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Big Creek Lodge 1936

News & Happenings

I received a gift today...a token of the larger gift of having had the unique pleasure and privilege of being one of the caretakers of this, one of the most amazing lodges in Idaho's backcountry.

I had only an idea of what it would be when we accepted the position, and everything about it exceeded my expectations in an overwhelmingly positive way.

My biggest take away is that while the Lodge is new, Big Creek is very old, and has a history as rich as the ground she sits on. To the local people, the Forest Service and the pilots that care for her; the people who come to rest, eat and refresh here; the Idaho Aviation Foundation and all who contributed to her rise from the ashes..THANK YOU!

You have given me the experience of a lifetime in getting to know you and serve you.

Thank you Mark Feifarek and Janie Sigler, my team rocked!

The list of people to thank is much too long for this post, but I think y'all know who you are!😉 And to all of you who I haven't met who support this beautiful place...Thank You!

It was hard to leave, for I left a piece if my heart there. But I'm happy to say that Mark and I will be back next year to continue the traditions and to perhaps start some new ones!

With much gratitude,
Sally Molitor
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October 19, 2020  ·  

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What a beautiful place Big Creek is! Visit us this week in our final days of the season. Our last meal served will be breakfast on Friday, October 9th. If you're unable to visit us this year make your reservations now for next year at ... See MoreSee Less

October 2, 2020  ·  

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We’re still here and open for business but use good judgement if flying in. Check the webcams at for visibility. ... See MoreSee Less

September 15, 2020  ·  

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